The construction industry carries certain risks, but they do not have to dominate your operations. There are steps you can take to minimize them. One of those steps is to perform routine maintenance and repairs to equipment. Tools can get used day in and day out without much thought. That is until something fails and someone gets hurt. Research shows that proper tool maintenance can minimize some of the risks associated with construction work and decrease the rate of job site accidents.
Why Performing Maintenance Matters
Depending on the tools routinely used on a job, there are things that can wear down over time. Other tools may need to be lubricated or have fluid levels that need to be monitored and topped off. Skipping those tasks can result in tool failure, which can cause an accident and injury. Performing routine maintenance lets you inspect each tool on a regular basis, so you can spot potential problems before they become a hazard. Combined, these extend the useful lifespan of common construction tools and equipment.
How to Properly Care for Tools
Proper tool maintenance varies depending on the type of tool and how it is used. In general, each tool should undergo the following process for the best safety practices:
- A visual inspection of its body to ensure it is sound
- Monitor and adjust fluid levels
- Wiped them down after use
- Coil or wrap cords to reduce damage
Proper maintenance of tools is one of the many tools you can use to reduce risks on the job site.